Published online by Cambridge University Press: 16 October 2020
Everything the Creator creates is created; the Creator Himself, however, is not created. He is not a contingent being, so that something else caused Him to exist; He is a necessarily existing being, the cause of all else that exists. So to ask whether our beatitude or supreme happiness is “something uncreated” amounts to asking whether our beatitude is something concerning God Himself.
After all that has been said already, it may seem obvious that the answer is “Yes.” In fact, it may at first seem that St. Thomas is merely repeating the question he asked in Question 2, Article 1! However, the question can be taken in two different ways. What St. Thomas demonstrates is that though in one sense the answer is “Yes,” in another sense it is “No.”